On November 3, Energynomics organized its last online conference this year dedicated to digitalization and energy efficiency for industry and local public authorities, in an event supported by ACE Software Industrial, Euroelectric, Signify. Four expert speakers participated in an online LIVE event watched by almost 900 people.
Aggregate centralization platform for smart city systems
“We are in a world that is constantly changing and even faster during this period, in a world where the trend of urbanization is growing exponentially, and it is increasingly difficult for local authorities to prioritize investment, as infrastructure ages and preferences the population are changing, whether we are talking about transport or consumption”, believes Liviu Drăgoi, Sales Manager ACE Industrial Software Solutions, distributor of Aveva in România, Bulgaria and Grecia.
Smart cities have specific traits and objectives: optimized traffic, with low congestion, rapid reactions in emergencies and optimized land use. Energy and water production facilities need to be safer, more sustainable.
“All this is done by different companies, with different solutions. What Aveva proposes is a solution installed on top of all monitoring solutions, for each branch. A solution capable of taking data from various vendors, centralizing it and contextualizing it for all interested people, who have different roles – for example, a city manager will only be interested in some aspects. Thus, the usage data on each transport line in consumption are correlated with the receipts, the operational data are aggregated with the financial ones, etc. Also in the case of lighting, office buildings, energy production units, water treatment plants, Aveva can offer information aggregation solutions, regardless of the platforms used”, Drăgoi added.
Such solutions are managed by Aveva through systems installed worldwide, from Barcelona to India, contributing to increased implementation efficiency by up to 80% and operational efficiency by up to 40%.
EnelX welcomed the Electric Up program
“We have been doing exactly this for 3-4 years,” said Mirel Jarnea, Head of B2B at EnelX, “and we are doing it very well, so we are waiting with open arms for the publication of the financing guide to fully understand the next steps ahead of us.” The representative of EnelX appreciated that each company interested in accessing financing through this program will be able to do it while working with its own contractors and also the raise of the maximum capacity to 100 kW plus the charging station. “The money we are talking about are significant for any company, and what each beneficiary should contribute with is insignificant,” he added.
Mirel Jarnea mainly spoke about and presented several case studies of solutions for power generation from photovoltaic sources supported by energy management software.
What is the approach of EnelX in respect to the excess electricity produced with PV equipment? “Together with colleagues from Trading department we try to design a final product adapted to the customer, so that after installing a photovoltaic solution we can provide a differentiated tariff day-night, for example,” said Mirel Jarnea. “The way we size the photovoltaic plant is atypical for the market, respectively we follow the customer’s consumption curve in order to maximize the consumption against the installed power. We do not want to produce extra energy to be injected into the grid, because the incentive system is not favorable enough.
Thus, we help our clients to reduce the return on investment to less than 6-7 years; we follow the idea of self-consumption, while the rest of the necessary energy can to be purchased from the grid, from any supplier the customer chooses.”
Roxana Șunică, Signify Romania: We can no longer talk about lighting without digitalization
Lighting is an important resource when it comes to energy efficiency, and in recent years we cannot talk about lighting without digitization anymore, said Roxana Șunică, Business Development Manager Public Sector, Signify Romania.
“The big change in the game took place in 2008, internationally, with the advent of LED lighting equipment. They have led to an increase of over 50% in energy efficiency compared to conventional lighting. State-of-the-art technology has reduced pollution. As you know, fluorescent lighting, although more efficient than conventional lighting, uses mercury and thus is polluting. Then followed the revolution of the lighting system, as a whole, with digitalization and internet making their presence felt”, said the Signify representative. “We have developed a system called ‘Trulifi’, which ensures a quality internet through lighting. They are very useful and interesting applications for the office area, for crowded spaces, such as a stadium, in a hotel, in a business center, where safe and quality internet is needed.”
Connected lighting further streamlines the centralized system, with optimized consumption depending on the period and instantaneous change in intensity in case of incidents. Thus, compared to conventional systems, an efficiency of up to 80% of energy consumption is achieved.
Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) is the world leader in conventional and LED lighting, but also in the field of connected lighting, with activities in 70 countries and 32,000 employees.
Charging stations for electric vehicles – more than some black boxes
Euroelectric has launched two new charging stations for electric vehicles this year and will launch a third DC model in the spring of 2021, announced Marius Șurlea, CEO of Euroelectric. “We managed to reach our targets to a large extent, with a turnover of 3.6 million euros in 2019 and over 4 million euros in 2020,” he added.
Euroelectric was founded in 2003, a time when there was a lot of fear against trying anything something new. “We started with electrical installations in civil constructions and step by step we developed, we improved in this area. This allowed us, later, to access some financing programs, which brought us cutting-edge technologies for that time, for tests and verifications of electrical installations”, explained Marius Șurlea.
Subsequently, the company also specialized in the design, production, installation and commissioning of charging stations for electric vehicles. In the last 4 years, the company has invested about 1.5-2% of its turnover in the innovation and research-development segment, also strengthening its relationship with the university environment.
Euroelectric also plans to build a sharing platform for its own power stations. “All stations are actually tested using an electric car, over a few charging cycles, before being sent to the customer… They are not just black boxes,” he added.
Almost 150 people have registered on the MyConnector platform to participate in the dialogue, representatives of organizations such as AB Instal, ABB Asea Brown Boveri, ACE ISS (AVEVA DISTRIBUTOR), Adisun Smart Systems, Adrem Engineering, Agricloud, ALRO SLATINA, AMADA VIVA, Ambasada Republicii Bulgaria, AMBER technologies, Amiblu Romania, AMTP Roman, Antibiotice SA, APIA CONSULT, Avest Solutions Consult, Axpo Solutions AG, Azomureș, BEIA Consult International, Belgian Luxembourg Romanian Moldovan Chamber of Commerce, BF, Brandconnect, Business France, Celco SA, Celestica Romania, Chimcomplex SA, Cluj Innovation Park, CmT Electric, CNCFR – SRCF Galati, CNR-CME, DaniSan Consult, DEFENCE UNLIMITED NATO, E.ON, EBS, EGO CENTER SRL, Electrica Furnizare SA, Electrocentrale București SA, Electrolux Romania, Electromagnetica, Electrotehnica Consult SRL, Enel Romania, Enel X Romania, Energie Finanzierung und Kapital, Energobit, Energy Distribution Services, Eneria Romania, ENGIE Romania, Etex Building Performance, Euroelectric, EXE GREEN HOLDING, Eximprod Grup, Finacon Romania, GETEC Servicii Energetice SRL, Hidroelectrica, IBN, ICI Bucuresti, ICSI Rm. Valcea, INCDTIM, Institutul de energetică, Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare in Informatica, ISPH PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe GmbH, LAPP Romania, Linde Gaz Romania, Ludan, MEN Industry Group, Michelin, Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment, National School of Political and Administrative Studies, NNDKP, ONV LAW, PETRYKA Engineering SRL, Phoenix Contact, Preh Romania, Primaria Municipiului Arad, Primaria Municipiului Oradea, Primaria Municipiului Sibiu, Primaria Sectorului 1, Rominterface Impex srl, S.C. DNC CALINA S.R.L., SC PREFAB SA, Servelect, Signify Romania – Philips Lighting, Solar Eco Systems, SOMPLAST SA, Sunriese Trade SRL, TECHNOSAM SRL, Termoficare Oradea, Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund, Transelectrica, Transylvania Energy Cluster, Universitatea Petrol Gaze Ploiesti, University of Groningen, UPRUC CTR SA FAGARAS, UTCN.